Sunday, April 05, 2020

Allrecipes: Banana Sheet Cake

You know what the world needs now?  No, not love.  Well, yes, love.  We always need love.  But also banana cake.  Because I ordered bananas in my grocery delivery, didn't use them, and now they're a fantastic shade of speckled.  Which is the best time to make delicious desserts.  And the best part is getting to spread a layer of sweet cream frosting on the top.  Perfection.

Banana Sheet Cake
From Allrecipes

1½ cups mashed bananas
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
2⅛ cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups buttermilk

Cream cheese frosting
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 275°F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas with lemon juice, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly into freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the cream cheese frosting:

In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

Makes 18 servings

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